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How can I avoid back pain?

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There are a few things you can do to prevent or help back pain.

1. Get more exercise.

2. Watch your weight. Extra pounds, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse.

3. If you smoke, stop. Smoking restricts the flow of nutrient-containing blood to spinal discs.

4. Try a new sleep position. If you’re prone to back pain, talk with your doctor about the best sleeping position.

5. Pay attention to your posture.

6. Be careful how you lift. Don’t bend over from the waist to lift heavy objects.

7. Avoid high heels.

8. Wear loose fitting clothes. Clothing so tight that it interferes with bending, sitting, or walking can aggravate back pain.

9. Lighten your wallet. Sitting on an overstuffed wallet may cause discomfort and back pain.

10. Pick the right handbag or briefcase. Buy one with a wide, adjustable strap that’s long enough to reach over your head.

From: 11 Ways to Avoid Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Chou, R. , Oct. 2, 2007. Annals of Internal Medicine

Medline Plus: “Back Pain.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Back Pain,” July 2009.

North American Spine Society: “Back Pain Basics” booklet.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Back Pain Information Page,” “Back Pain Information Sheet.”

Family Doctor: “Low Back Pain.”

American Chiropractic Association: “Today’s Fashion Can Be Tomorrow’s Pain” and "Back Pain Facts and Statistics."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 7, 2018

SOURCES:

Chou, R. , Oct. 2, 2007. Annals of Internal Medicine

Medline Plus: “Back Pain.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Back Pain,” July 2009.

North American Spine Society: “Back Pain Basics” booklet.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Back Pain Information Page,” “Back Pain Information Sheet.”

Family Doctor: “Low Back Pain.”

American Chiropractic Association: “Today’s Fashion Can Be Tomorrow’s Pain” and "Back Pain Facts and Statistics."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 7, 2018

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